USS Indianpolis, FRUMEL. and von Luckner / Seeadler
I discovered your website by running a search on the fate of HMAS Sydney. I have been a naval history enthusiast since the age of six. I am 41 years old today and working as an financial engineer / market economist. I am actually living in Paris, France.
There are three issues I would like to discuss with you : the fate of USS Indianapolis, Felix von Luckner/Seeadler, and the JN25 IJN naval code.
There is some information that may be useful to you concerning the clearing of the name of Charles Butler McVay, captain of USS Indianapolis. A 12 years old schoolboy from Florida managed to get the files reopened.
McVay's son who fought over 30 years to clear his father's name died shortly afterwards.
I also have some information on Graf Felix von Luckner. The problem is that the biography I own is in French.
Thank you for your interesting E-Mail with all its information. Ahoy is a site produced jointly by my friend Terry Kearns from Atlanta Georgia, who puts up all that I write. We think we make a good team.
We will add a link to the information about Captain McVay and Bill Clinton to our story. Felix von Luckner draws more comment from people around the world who look at Ahoy, than anything else I have written about. Any new detail about that famous sailor from WW1 is always welcome, I am unfortunately not fluent in French, my 4 years study of that language at the Royal Australian Australian Naval College , so many years ago now, are inadequate in terms of being able to cope with a book in French.
Should you have time to share any details with us in English from your book we would be grateful. I did meet Eric Nave once when he was a Commander, but never discussed his code breaking work, he would not talk about that anyway. I have attached some detail about his work and where it took place in Melbourne during 1942.
By pure coincidence, we live on St Kilda Road Melbourne, and Queen's Road where Monterey House was located is the Road that runs parallel behind our Boulevard of St Kilda Road.
It was great to hear from you, and I look forward to further discussions.
Best regards from both Terry and myself.
I am a Battle of Midway historian and in the 1950s I worked at NSA where I knew CDR Ralph Cook and Agnes Driscoll. In 1955 or so, Ralph introduced me to Bill Tremblay who decrypted the Japanese Flleet Plan message for the attack on Midway. Bill Tremblay is still living in Protem, Missouri, and Ralph Cook in Hawaii.
Unfortunately, FRUMEL has never received any recognition while at Melbourne or previously at Corregidor. I'm trying to gather that information to give them due credit.
RAN/USN FLEET RADIO UNIT, MELBOURNE - FRUMEL http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/sigint/frumel.htm